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Pneumonie d’aspiration en EMS et démence : anticiper l’urgence

Published inRevue médicale suisse, vol. 20, no. 873, p. 925-929
Publication date2024-05-08

The care of a nursing home resident suffering from dementia and aspiration pneumonia (AP) is generally initiated by the family doctor (FD) in collaboration with the nursing home professionals. This is a holistic emergency medicine whose occurrence should be the subject of advance care planning, an AP being rarely isolated, and its risk factors are known. AP - the probable cause of half of deaths of demented individuals in nursing homes - requires essentially non-hospital care. It calls on the scientific, relational, collaborative, and ethical skills of the family doctor. This review aims to contextualize the emergency management skills of the FD in the living environment of the nursing home. The management of uncertainty linked to a probabilistic diagnosis is highlighted and care commensurate with life expectancy is provided.

  • Humans
  • Nursing Homes / organization & administration
  • Pneumonia, Aspiration / etiology
  • Pneumonia, Aspiration / diagnosis
  • Dementia / diagnosis
  • Dementia / epidemiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Advance Care Planning / organization & administration
  • Aged
  • Homes for the Aged
Citation (ISO format)
GILLABERT, Cédric François. Pneumonie d’aspiration en EMS et démence : anticiper l’urgence. In: Revue médicale suisse, 2024, vol. 20, n° 873, p. 925–929. doi: 10.53738/REVMED.2024.19.873.925
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